During lock down my friend Nancy McDonald told me about a collaborative project that Stills in Edinburgh were running called Elementary Blueprint.

“Elementary Blueprint was a nationwide experiment that used cyanotypes to produce a collaborative artwork created by the elements.”

Read more about the collaboration here >>

It seemed like a great challenge, so I filled out the form on their website and shortly after received a piece of their special watermarked cyanotype paper to play with… I really loved the intensity of the blue that came through on development of the paper, and the soft and hard edges in various bits of the image. This type of experimental image making is a challenge for someone like me, who likes to be in control of their marks, but it’s also really exciting.

The gallery is opening back up on the 8th September, so you can visit the exhibition from the 8th, alongside work from their recent graduates, or you can see all the pieces in their video – mine is 28 mins in.

8 September – 24 October
Tuesday – Saturday, 12pm – 5pm

Stills: Centre for Photography
23 Cockburn Street

Visiting guidelines:

• We require everyone using Stills premises to maintain physical distancing at all times and to sanitise/wash hands regularly.
• In line with Scottish Government guidelines our staff will be wearing face coverings.
• We will have disposable gloves, masks and hand sanitiser available at all times.
• Stills maintains attendance records for facility users and course attendees for 21 days in line with the Governments Track & Trace advice.